Inishowen Juveniles on form for Donegal & Ulster
Pictured are U13 boys (l-r) Pat Loughrey, Michael Doherty and Ciaran Doherty at the National Uneven Age XC Championships in Wexford in December.
Pat & Michael were counters for the Donegal team that won a national silver medal. Pat finished 34th, Michael 51st & Ciaran 57th.
Jared Flynn picked up a silver medal with the U11 Donegal team, finishing in 28th place overall. Jared was on the Ulster team that took bronze.
Inishowen AC Annual Awards 2012
On Friday, 1st December, those assembled at Inishowen Gateway Hotel for the Inishowen AC Annual Awards were fortunate enough to be addressed by Irish running legend, Jerry Kiernan, accompanied by his wife Ursula. Jerry spoke briefly about his career and his association with Clonliffe Harriers AC, before offering valuable wisdom and encouragement to the youngsters in attendance. A teacher by trade, Jerry mentioned how much he had always wanted to visit the Northwest and in particular Malin Head. Thanks must go to his personal tour guide for the day, clubman Seamus McDaid! Inishowen AC would once again like to thank Jerry and Ursula for their visit.
November Round-up (Juveniles) - Seamus Harley takes Gold at NI & Ulster XC Championships - Report
Inishowen AC Juveniles were in action at two cross country events in November, the first being the Northern Ireland and Ulster Championships in Rostrevor, Co Down. The result of the day undoubtedly Seamus Harley taking an individual gold in the U-10 boys’ race and inspiring his team to take a fantastic team gold medal. Seamus ran a perfect race, sitting just off the leaders the whole way round and, with his now familiar burst of pace in the final few hundred metres, picked them all off to earn himself a superb gold medal...well done Seamus! Jamie Mc Daid also ran a great tactical race, keeping himself in contention throughout and finishing in a well earned 04th place overall. Next home for the club was Michael Bernard Doherty in 07th place and James O Hagan in 13th place; a great run and finish by both boys in such a high level competition. This gave the boys a total score of 25 points, good enough to secure a fantastic gold team medal. With their nearest competitors Analee AC some 21 points adrift in 02nd place this was some achievement for the young athletes at Ulster level. Also running in the same race for Inishowen AC were Oisin Porter 22nd, Niall Breslin 41st & John Jackson 59th, all good strong performances by the boys. In the same age category for the girls, Inishowen AC’s sole competitor Caitlin Doherty ran a terrific race and finished in 06th place overall, earning herself a well deserved top ten Ulster medal.
Saturday, 10th November - Busy Weekend for Cross-country - Report
It was a busy weekend for Inishowen AC, with races in Stormont and Killybegs. On Saturday, 10th November, Pauric Mc Kinney was on International duty in Belfast for the British and Irish Masters. Pauric ran to a magnificent 16th place overall and once again was on the podium with a 2nd place finish in the over-45 age group. The Ulster Novice Championships were held in Killybegs on Sunday, 11th and Inishowen AC had juniors and senior men and women representing the Club. In the women's race, Evelyn Mc Ginley was the highest placed Inishowen finisher, running to 5th place to lead the Inishowen ladies home. She was followed by Sheila Doherty (15th), Sarah Marie Doherty (23rd), Tracy Harley (23rd), Denise Doherty (34th), Ruth Doherty (35th) ,Joanne Mc Colgan (40th) and Linda Mc Daid (46th). The Ladies narrowly missed out to Omagh Harriers for a team Bronze medal. In the men's race, Joe Mc Kinney was the leading Inishowen athlete, running to a 9th place finish, followed home By Martin Mooney in 23rd, Christian Mc Ginley (26th), Dwain Robb (28th), Gerard Doherty (33rd), Vincent Hegarty (56th), Shaun Mc Daid (56th), Francis Doherty (66th) and Oweny Mc Kinney (67th), which gave the team a 4th place finish, just missing out on a bronze medal.
Sunday, 4th November - Donegal Senior Cross-country Championship - Report
It was back to race action for Inishowen AC on Sunday, 4th November, following the Dublin Marathon a week earlier. First up on a cold morning was the senior women's race and Sheila Doherty was the sole competitor for Inishowen with many of her team mates resting after their efforts in Dublin. She raced to 13th place on a tough course. Eleven male athletes from the club made their way to Letterkenny for the opportunity of a county medal. Pauric Mc Kinney was top placed Inishowen athlete with a superb effort, winning an individulal bronze medal. The achievement was all the more impressive given that Pauraic had scooped over-45 victory in the Dublin Marathon. Further down the field, Inishowen athletes were battling with Lifford AC for team bronze. Joe Mc Kinney was next home for Inishowen with an 11th place finish, followed by Martin Mooney finishing in 21st, Dwain Robb 22nd, Christian Mc Ginley 26th and Malcolm Mc Gee 27th. A bronze team medal was in the bag! Strong finishing from Gerard Doherty 29th, Shane Doherty 32nd, Philip Callaghan 35th and Owenie Mc Kinney 38th capped off a good day at the races for Inishowen AC.
Donegal Senior Cross-country Championship photo album